So grateful, and excited

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Hello,

I am a trained birth doula, and am about to put in my application for nursing school. L&D has always been my passion, but living in a state where the birth climate is terrible, and you are as likely to here of birth trauma and dissatisfaction as you are a positive out come I have worried about entering a an industry that sometime doesn't seem to care about evidence based birth. However, after reading a lot of posts on here I am so very comforted by what I've read. Your post have truly been a comfort, and you are truly my inspiration. I can not wait for the day (however long it take me to get there) when I can finally join your ranks.

SoldierNurse22, BSN, RN

13 Articles; 2,058 Posts

Good luck to you! There are significant differences between your skills as a doula and the ones you'll learn as a nurse, though I think your experience in labor support will give you an edge when it comes to getting a job and becoming comfortable in L&D. Keep in mind that there are all kinds of work environments out there in OB. Be wary of where you're hired and don't be afraid to ask questions. Make sure the birth practices and policies in place at prospective places of employment fit with modern evidence and best practice!

BRing914

BRing914

127 Posts

Thank you so much for the advice! One of the hospitals close to me is working one gaining its Mother/Baby friendly status. I'm hoping eventually I'll be able to work there.

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nagem_

Has 1 years experience. 7 Posts

Congrats! And good luck!

I'm also a trained doula, in an accelerated nursing program. And I recently accepted a position as a PCA // scrub tech on an L&D floor. Follow your dreams and work hard, and the doors will just keep opening!

AspiringNurseMW

AspiringNurseMW

1 Article; 942 Posts

Idk if it will help you get into nursing school, but I can see being a doula helping get a job in L&D.

I had a clinical shift yesterday, where my nurse was impressed with how I was helping my patient cope, explaining procedures, being able to follow along, and asking questions.

She said she would totally hire me when I graduate! Such a boost!

RunBabyRN

RunBabyRN

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience. 3,677 Posts

Good luck! Be the voice, the advocate for your patients. Join committees, etc to help initiate change. At least they have a goal of Baby Friendly status. That means they at least AIM to be forward-thinking. There's hope!